Hidden Powers & Northern Lights – Arctic Powers Combo

Escorted Tour and Northern LightsIceland and Spitsbergen

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From $2,575 USD
October 4, 2018 - March 28, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights

Hidden Powers & Northern Lights - Arctic Powers combines wonders of both South and North Iceland, magnificent fjords, glaciers, geysers and volcanoes.

Overview

Hidden Powers & Northern Lights - Arctic Powers, experience the wonders of both South and North Iceland. Discover natural wonders, where icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate the rugged landscape. Enjoy dramatic vistas of Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the spectacular Glacial Lagoon. Explore magical winter landscapes, thundering waterfalls, snow-capped lava formations of the North and visit the west coast’s most dramatic and beautiful fjords.

Operation

October 4, 2018 - March 28, 2019

English departures
October 4, 25, 2018
February 14, 2019
March 21, 28, 2019

Price

  • October 4, 25, 2018
  • from $2,795 per person in double room
  • from $3,495 single room
  • February 14 - March 28, 2019
  • from $2,675 per person in double room
  • from $3,280 single room
  • March 7, 2019
  • from $2,575 per person in double room
  • from $3,095 single room

We're happy to announce that due to recent favorable exchange rates the prices for our great Winter 2018-2019
have been lowered! New prices are valid from 14 November 2018 and do not apply to bookings made before this date.

Included

  • 3 nights Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 5 nights at countryside hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • 3 x *One-course dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
  • 1 Two-course dinner with coffee/tea (day 6)
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik
  • Entrance to Laugarvatnshellir, The Cave People
  • Entrance to the new Lava Center
  • Volcano film at the Lava Center’s Cinema (day 3)
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on day 3 or 4 (flashlight, blanket & hot drink)
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot, one selected evening (day 3 or 4)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Round-trip airport transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik airport (day 6 and 8)
  • Round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri, including taxes (day 6 and 8)
  • Admission to Myvatn Nature Baths and towel rental (Day 6)
  • Admission to Herring-Era Maritime Museum in Siglufjordur, including taste of herring and rye bread (day 7)
  • Visit to microbrewery and beer sampling (day 7)
  • *Option available at booking time to add dessert course to the dinners
  • Added value: Northern Lights "wake-up call" option during the night on days 2-4 and day 6 (available at most countryside hotels)

Not Included

  • International flights & Airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Meals (other then listed above)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (can be rented on site)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance (highly recommended) / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 persons.
  • Maximum group size: 36 participants
  • Please note that Northern Lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair!

Tour Options

  • Airport transfers with Flybus
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Add dessert course to the above  dinners, must be booked in advance

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Hidden Powers-Arctic Powers" itinerary.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Private airport transfer

Highlights: The Sun Voyager | Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Reykjavik City Hall | Tjornin | Parliament House

Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GEYSIR - GULLFOSS (B, D)

Northern Lights Center - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Start the day by visiting the recently opened and fascinating Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.

Onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where we experience a geothermal bakery first hand and dig up bread that has been cooked underground. Sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter.

Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church. During the day you will also visit Laugarvatnshellir cave where two Icelandic families built a cozy homestead and farm during the early 20th century. The furnishings and buildings in the cave has been restored to show how the residents once lived. Dinner and overnight in the south coast area. Approximate distance: 150km / 93mi

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir National Park | Skalholt

Day 3 SOUTH SHORE - EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO (B, D)

Waterfalls - Lava Center - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches

Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields.

This part of Iceland is home to the new Lava Center, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head onwards, passing by Myrdalsjökull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, and admire the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. Approximate distance: 229km / 143mi

Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Vik | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Myrdalsjökull

Day 4 VATNAJÖKULL  NATIONAL PARK - JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (B, D)

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Today enter the southern area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This National Park is also the largest one in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vanajökull area.

Visit Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Then view Svinafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajökull.

Visit the National Park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Vatnajökull glacier. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Approximate distance: 255km / 158mi

Highlights: Vatnajökull National Park | Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Öræfajökull

Day 5 HVERAGERDI - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJAVIK (B)

Greenhouse Village - Thundering waves - Geothermal Lagoon

Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Follow along the coastline with its breath taking sea waves and through a deserted community that once was a flourishing centre for the region.

The trip then takes you onto the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 348km / 217mi

Highlights: Hveragerdi | The Blue Lagoon | Reykjanes | Grindavik | Kleifarvatn | Keilir | The Blue Lagoon

Day 6 REYKJAVIK - AKUREYRI - GODAFOSS - LAKE MYVATN (B, D)

Active Geothermal Area – Surreal Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Springs

Breakfast at your hotel. Assisted transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for early morning Air Iceland Connect flight to Akureyri. If the skies are clear, you'll get great views of Iceland's interior wilderness. Meet your local guide at Akureyri Airport and start on your North Iceland exploration!

The day begins with a drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Namaskard geothermal area.

Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Myvatn's fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies. Top off your amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnight at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 141km / 88mi

Highlights: Dimmuborgir | Myvatn | Hverfjall | Krafla | Myvatn Nature Baths | Godafoss

Day 7 LAKE MYVATN - EYJAFJÖRDUR - SIGLUFJÖRDUR - AKUREYRI (B)

Mountain and Fjord Views – Historical Town – Award-Winning Museum – Icelandic Delicacies

Breakfast at your hotel. Head along scenic roads to beautiful Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord, and then onto the Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula). Known as the "Icelandic Alps", Trollaskagi offers some of the highest mountains in Iceland; the views of steep mountains plunging to the black-sand coastline are breath-taking. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages.

Visit Siglufjördur, a town with beautifully-preserved historical buildings set in a scenic fjord. After lunch (on your own), visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. Many Icelandic historians believe it was Siglufjördur' s herring "gold rush" of the early 20th century that helped bring modernization to Iceland. At the museum, you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum's three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps.

Next, take a closer look at Eyjafjördur Fjord, where you'll visit Kaldi, Iceland's first microbrewery. See how this craft beer is made and learn about the interesting history of the company. You will also get to taste some of the locally brewed beer, too.

The day ends in Akureyri, the beautiful northern town that has become internationally popular as a winter recreation destination. After a brief tour of the town, check into your hotel. Dinner is on your own at one of Akureyri's many restaurants. Overnight in Akureyri. Approximate distance: 260km / 161mi

Highlights: Hrisey | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula | Siglufjördur | The Herring Era Museum

Day 8 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK (B)

Day at leisure to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings

Breakfast at hotel in the morning. Today is open for you to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings. Though small in population the "capital of North Iceland" has a lively culture and outdoor recreation scene. You'll find activities to suit all interests. Enjoy exploring the museums, galleries and cafés. If you like outdoor fun, visit the nearby Hlidarfjall resort, just minutes away by cab, or take a swim in the geothermal pool complex. A variety of fun day tours is available from horseback riding to whale watching. We can assist you with booking day tours.

Later, you'll be transferred to the airport for your late afternoon/early evening flight to Reykjavik. Group transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the evening is open for your own activities. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Highlights: Akureyri Folk Museum | Nonni House

Optional: Akureyri Food Walk | Whale Watching (from Akureyri) | Soaking In The Beer Bath spa | Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri)

Day 9 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight.

Transfers are not included, but we can book them for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3-4 hours before your flight.

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Private airport transfer

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